Just started on another book in my relentless & doomed search for the truth – ‘Coherency Management – Architecting the Enterprise for Alignment, Agility & Assurance’ by Doucet, Gotze, Saha & Bernard (AuthorHouse 2009). Possibly a good way to pass the time on the train, if you didn’t have to carry it to the train & were accustomed to travelling with a house brick.
Essentially it’s another new approach to EA labelled as Coherency Management, & consists of an introduction by the authors covering the overall approach, followed by a series of related/relevant articles & ending with a roundup/epilogue. So far I’ve read the forewords – by John Zachman, very neat, & John Herhalt, KPMG – the prologue by the authors/editors, & Chapter 1 – Introduction to Coherency Management. The overall message so far seems to be that EA is not really new but was always there, albeit implicit, that EA is very important, & that it’s not just about IT, or just about getting IT aligned with the business, but is about getting the business aligned with itself, as it were, & about overall business capability, not just some technical stuff – so doesn’t seem like anything particularly new so far, but unfortunately it’s hard to tell.
Because (& you should never start a sentence with because) Chapter 1 is marred by an overall poor use of english that detracts/distracts from the message & makes it hard to read/concentrate. There are problems with grammar, incorrect use of words, & spelling. Couple of examples (& there are plenty to choose from!): ‘A major tenant (sic) of this book is that we recognise that EA is NOT really new’; ‘If EA is done only when something else tells that the enterprise needs to change then EA will never tell when the enterprise needs to change’ . I don’t think I’m being pedantic here & it’s very annoying because I’m sure there’s a useful message in there, but it’s hard work working out what it is. I’ve said previously that I think it’s very important that EA is communicated in standard english – this wasn’t quite what I meant! Hopefully it’s just lack of proofreading & it gets better, otherwise I’ll have difficulty with the rest of the book.
Another book – ordered but not yet with me – is Business Process Management: A Rigorous Approach by Martyn A Ould (BCS 2005). Given the recommendation by Ian Thomas at the UCISA EA/SOA seminar last week (see earlier post) should be good – just got to get through Coherency Management first!